WEEKEND 4: SOMA
NOV 2-3, NORTH
San Francisco, CA 94103
Bonnie Levinson is a multidisciplinary artist, working in mixed media, photography and paint. A playwright/performer and collaborator, Her attention is in the intersection of these diverse yet complementary forms, and their influence upon each other. Her current theatre project "You Complete the Picture" interweaves installation with performance. Much of her work deals with memory and the tension between the specificity and universality of place.
" My photographs have a painterly quality often playing with a perception of reality. There’s something about water that attracts me over and over again. The Alaska Pole series captures the interaction between water and sky, and the inherent abstraction and design that we create as interloper. An installation at The McLoughlin Gallery in San Francisco consisted of ten individual photographs, dye infused pigment on aluminum. The images were taken while on a small fishing boat in the Inside Passage in Alaska, where I felt immediately drawn to capture the reflection I saw in the water. Through documenting this otherwise fleeting moment, I revealed the character of nature and thus the dynamic and evolving relationship between our environment and ourselves. The dramatic contrast of colors play on the dichotomy of light and dark that is found within both water and sky, and the abstraction that becomes an object once it is a reflection on the water. "
Her career spans three decades working in the arts with cultural institutions. She served as Deputy Director for External Affairs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Vice President for Development for the New York Public Library, Associate Director of The Hudson River Museum and Assistant Curator of Education at the Delaware Art Museum.
BLAM! (Bonnie Levinson Arts Management) consults with individuals bringing art into their lives through active looking, aesthetic education and the joy of collecting. She works with cultural institutions creating public arts programming, and consults in development and marketing, and strategic planning. She is currently Cultural Consultant for the Visual Arts at Federal Hall in New York City and curatorial consultant with the Making Waves Academy in Richmond CA developing an arts education and artist residency program resulting in permanent sculptures for the expanded charter school campus.
After receiving a BA Cum Laude from Kenyon College, she was a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship. She continued her education receiving a Masters of Arts in Teaching Museum Education at George Washington University. Classes and workshops at the San Francisco Art Institute, Anderson Ranch Art Center, City College of San Francisco and Colorado Mountain College have enhanced her art making studies. She is a founding board member of the Oxbow School, serves as Trustee Emeriti of the San Francisco Art Institute, on the Board of the Gund Gallery of Kenyon College, and the Artemis Rising Foundation.